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I posted this in the comedy magic section and then realized it might be put to better use here:

I have a trick that goes like this--

I set a card down on the table and ask someone to name a card. They name a card, and I explain that since the probability that the card on the table is the card they named, I will find their card in the deck since it's probably not the one on the table. I search for it (spread cull) and then say I can't find it. See, at this point, I need a good joke to cover my TOP CHANGE. Or rather, at least HELP with my cover. Any ideas?
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What you probably need is more confidence in your top change, remember to work it on the off beat.

Preperation—out jog the top card, place other card on top of deck and then pause and ask a question, something that will throw them like, "Are you left or right handed?" As they answer ask them to hold out whichever hand they say, as they do that do the top change and then place the card face down on their hand.


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I want to make sure I understand your directions for handling:

Since you've out jogged the top card AND place the "other card" on top of the deck, wouldn't you have one card positioned directly on top of the other? (Eexcept for the jog distance.)

From the way I read your directions, both cards are on top of the deck, being held by one hand. I add the "one hand" part because the in top changes I've seen done (and I'll admit I'm no expert) are done with the card to be changed out in the free hand and the card to be changed to on top of the deck.

Thanks in advance for allowing me to understand your directions.

BTW: I do like your use of the question to provide a "cover" for the move.

Thanks -
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Paula that's excellent advice!! The question left or right handed, excellent! I do prefer a strike second rather than the top change, but good stuff!
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